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Peek Inside How to Forgive a Highlander

How can an English lady’s maid find love with a Highlander? If they can’t defeat the enemy they accidentally led toward their loved ones, they won’t live long enough to find out.

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William MacGregor will lie, spy, and happily die to protect his clan from their greatest enemy. But when he kidnaps the wrong woman, he triggers the very events he’d been working so hard to prevent. And puts everyone in danger.

Rose Thatcher will do anything to protect her lady and return them both safely to English soil. But the damn Highlander who snatched her off the docks has done nothing but get in her way. She’d love to ditch the bastard, but if they want to save their respective loved ones, they are going to have to stay together.

Somewhere along the grueling journey to Scotland, their constant bickering turns into something more. Something worth fighting for. But how can an English lady’s maid, who longs for the safe, comfortable life she had in London, find love with a Highlander who can’t wait to wipe England’s dust off his feet? If they can’t defeat the enemy they accidentally led home, they might not live long enough to find out.

Each book in the MacGregor Lairds series is STANDALONE:
* How to Lose a Highlander
* How to Ensnare a Highlander
* How to Blackmail a Highlander
* How to Forgive a Highlander


“This is a very amusing story even though it's full of danger.  Our heroine is incredibly brave, our hero is strong and brave as well but also a little too impulsive.  A fabulous adventure with great characters. I loved it.” -Petula W., Goodreads

“I really enjoyed reading this book! The story is quite thrilling and packed with action.” -Fizza Y., NetGalley

“This was a fast-paced, action-filled read and I enjoyed it.” -Flipping Pages Blog

“This action packed, phenomenal, page turning adventure also has so many elements that readers absolutely love! With breathtaking settings, multi-dimensional characters, swoon worthy heroes and sassy, back-talking heroines! This also includes brilliant dialogue and unforgettable plotting that will have readers gasping in delight! Another Michelle McLean book I could not put down from start to finish I highly recommend!” -Celtic Barb

“Danger, drama, and Highlanders! Michelle McLean writes dynamite books!” -Erika C., NetGalley

“What a good historical romance - full of drama, romance and of course kilts. Solid writing and well-developed characters help the story move along quite nicely.” -Lori B., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638365
Series: The MacGregor Lairds, Book 4
Release Date: Jul 8, 2019
Page Count: 350
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: highlander, historical
Tropes: opposites attract, redemption, road romance

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By Claire May 07, 2019

5 - "Thorns and all..." Stars!

Another great addition to The MacGregor Lairds series. Will and Rose’s book pretty much runs concurrently with its predecessor - How to Blackmail a Highlander in that the bulk of their adventure plays out at the same time (albeit in different locations) to Alice and Rob ...more

By Barbara June 30, 2019

Series: The MacGregor Lairds #4
Publication Date: 7/8/19
Number of Pages: 214

** 3.5 Stars Rounded Up **

This was a fast-paced, action-filled read and I enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series and felt perfectly comfortable with this one. There was a bit of ‘repeat’ of things fro ...more

By Kimberly July 07, 2019

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Escape to the Highlands with How to Forgive a Highlander . Michelle McLean’s fourth MacGregor Lairds book is fast-paced, engaging, and easy to enjoy thanks to its charming protagonists.

Will is a hero on a mission. Not just to protect his clan from the villainous Fergus ...more

By Cheryl July 01, 2019

This was a fast paced read full of adventure and action. The two main characters are Willian MacGregor and Rose Thatcher. William was cousin to the laird and currently working as a spy and Rose was the maid to Lady Alice. ( Alice featured in the previous book) it was good to read of those in the low ...more

By Elodie August 25, 2019

Michelle McLean is a new-author to me, it is the blurb which attracted me first.
As I’m a self taught reader in English language, stories with Scottish brogue are not always my favorite as I struggle sometime at reading it (don’t talk to me to listen to an audio version, it would be sexy but like lis ...more

How to Forgive a Highlander by Michelle McLean is book 4 in The MacGregor Lairds. This is the story of Rose Thatcher and William MacGregor. I have read the previous books, but feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
William is trying to protect his lair and clan by being a s ...more

By Janet July 07, 2019

William MacGregor will lie, spy, and happily die to protect his clan from their greatest enemy. But when he kidnaps the wrong woman, he triggers the very events he’d been working so hard to prevent. Rose Thatcher is lady’s maid to Lady Alice & will do anything to protect her lady and return them bot ...more

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the first book i've read by Michelle Mclean and it certainly won't be the last.

How to forgive a highlander was a quick, fun read. Rose and William were adorable together. I always liked a bic ...more

By Lori July 08, 2019

An exciting adventure that will take you on a journey of mistaken identity, spies, betrayal, danger and of course a sigh worthy highlander hero and the woman who will challenge him and steal his heart!
Michelle McLean immerses us in a world that only her imagination can create. Once you turn the firs ...more

By Carole June 30, 2019

This was quite the interesting book to read, I don't think I've ever seen a couple fight so much! lol Both William MacGregor and Rose Thatcher are stubborn and willful and every time they're together, sparks and words fly!

Having kidnapped Rose, thinking she's a spy, William soon realizes his mistak ...more

By Linda May 01, 2019

Another winner! I loved this book! It started with Rose, a lady's maid, being kidnapped by Will, a highlander undercover with a group threatening his kin in Scotland. They both think the worst of each other, but are forced to work together in order to survive their grueling trip to Scotland and the ...more

By Suzette July 20, 2019

Sarah makes a fantastic heroine. She is fierce, loyal and determined. Will has finally come into his own and made a place for himself in the clan. This is another great highland story that highlights the fierce loyalty of clan and kin. It intertwines nicely with the others in the series that have co ...more

By Barbee July 01, 2019

Book: How To Forgive A Highlander
By: Michelle McLean

Series: The MacGregor Lairds, Book #4

Release Date: July 11, 2019

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic World of Historical Book Reviews
4)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

B ...more

By Kat July 10, 2019

How to Forgive a Highlander is the fourth book in Michelle McLean's The MacGregor Lairds series. If you missed any of the previous books, this one stands alone perfectly well You'll meet some wonderful characters that were introduced in prior books. This one actually takes place during the same time ...more

William MacGregor has been working as a spy within the ranks of his clan's enemy, Ramsey for some time. But when William kidnaps a woman he believes to be an enemy spy, he inadvertently catalyzes the very attack he'd been trying to avoid, jeopardizing the safety of the clan he's been protecting.

Lad ...more

By Bookbesties July 12, 2019

This is the first book I have read by this author and it is a 100% run read. From page one this book is full of adventure. From mistaken identity and kidnapping to a hostage turned spy and enemies turned to lovers this book surely kept my heart racing from start to finish. This book was fast paced, ...more

By Angel October 26, 2019

William MacGregor will lie, spy, and happily die to protect his clan from their greatest enemy. But when he kidnaps the wrong woman, he triggers the very events he’d been working so hard to prevent. And puts everyone in danger. Rose Thatcher will do anything to protect her lady and return them both ...more

By Ira May 14, 2019

This was a sweet and charming book with lots of action, an adorable and charming couple whose bickering and nagging made me smile and laugh a lot. The characters felt authentic and genuine and even though I was upset that William was really hard on himself while I thought that he was simply human, I ...more

By Connie July 15, 2019

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

While this is the fourth book in this series, it is the first for me. I could tell though that prior characters from the first three books were either discussed here or made appeara ...more

By Miriam July 01, 2019

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

Not my favorite book of this series, mainly because the hero of the story, William, is made out to be kind of a bungling, inept spy for John. He is supposed to keep an eye on their enemy, Ramsey, and report back but things go wrong when he kidnaps Rose. ...more

By Eva July 30, 2019

so the previous book in this series teases at this story, and it was a delight to have all the blank spaces filled in how to forgive a highlander. this series is full of strong highland men and their fierce and fiery partners.

it's good, frothy, historical romance fun. there are tropes here that woul ...more

By Fizza June 28, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book. The story is quite thrilling and packed with action. Although, the romance part it a little lacking but I think the situation demanded it to be so. Rose is kidnapped by a highlander and now to stay safe she must put her trust in the hands of the very person who ki ...more

By Mary June 28, 2019

What a wonderful trek through the lives of a London maid and her Scottish warrior. Rose at first is timid about life but as more and more conflicts arrive in her life, she chooses to do her best to push through each one. By doing so, her meekness disappears and becomes more of a lioness. Her adversa ...more

By Petula June 03, 2019

Rose Thatcher is a ladies maid who is worried over and furious with her lady. Her Lady Alice has run away from home on board a ship to chase after a man. Rose's job is to try an cover for her to give her time to get away.
William MacGregor has just seen his Kinsman off on his way to Scotland. He is ...more

By Kimberly July 06, 2019

Review featured at

3.75 Hearts For me this was a quick read of only 200+ pages but I found it enjoyable.

What a calamity of errors. When William spies a woman standing at the dock as he saw Philip off he thinks she may be a spy so he decides he better find out. Of course she is ...more

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Michelle McLean

About the author

Michelle McLean

Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a touch of suspenseful mystery. She resides in PA with her husband and two amazing children.

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